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, for the very first time secretary of state hillary clinton will be giving public testimony about benghazi. welcome to "happening now," i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. secretary clinton finally sets a date she will appear on capitol hill, exactly one week from today. lawmakers want to know more about shifting explanations by the administration and security decisions before the attack which left four americans dead including our u.s. ambassador to libya. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live on capitol hill for us now, so where do we stand in this investigation now, catherine? >> reporter: well, thank you, jon, and good morning. today here on capitol hill we have two closed, classified briefings, there's one this afternoon and one before the house intelligence committee has just wrapped up, and we just heard from the ranking member, the senior democrat on that committee, who said the briefing broke down into two components. the other looked at the state department's internal report. >> now, there's another issue out there, and that's the state department. and that is r
in benghazi. catherine herridge is life in washington with the latest. >> reporter: al-qaeda has strengthened their bases in libya and the in the broader region of north africa to the extent that the administration is investigating whether it has the authority to target the drone strategy in the tribal areas of pakistan as well as yemen. after the terrorist attack in benghazi on the consulate, analysts say al-qaeda has sought to capitalize to use its so-called victory to raise money and also recruit. there is evidence that the growth of the al-qaeda affiliate in libya is part of a broader campaign by senior leadership in pakistan to establish a global presence through its affiliates and that the decision to send al-qaeda operatives to libya was made and executed as long ago as 2011. now analysts describe an emerging arc of instability. earlier the week the head of defense operations in africa summed up al-qaeda's reach. >> whether it's adjusting al-shabaab and al-qaeda affiliate in east africa, principal my somalia, a growing extremist network in libya across the region into northern mali and
accused her of downplaying the september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. rice attributed the attacks to an angry mob. later, it was revealed that u.s. intelligence knew al qaeda was involved. rice said she was not given that information. some republicans said they would block her no, ma'am nation to become secretary of state. >> today i made the decision it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not continue to be considered by the president. >> and rice's announcement makes massachusetts senator john kerry the likely front-runner to be the nation's top diplomat. >>> there's one week to go before congress is supposed to head home for the holidays. as of right now, there's no deal on that year-end fiscal cliff. tracie potts has the latest on this. after so-called frank talks during president obama and house speaker john boehner's second face-to-face in a week, people are hoping for good news there. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: wish we had some to deliver. from all accounts there is still a stalemate in washington over preventing these tax
attacks at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> and it's important to remember what susan said was based on the information that had been given to every senior official in our administration, and she made very clear in her appearances that the information was subject to change as more facts were gathered and analyzed by the intelligence community. and look, as is often the case, our understanding evolved over time. and we've done our best to keep the american people and the congress informed. that was her goal, that was her mission and she should not be criticized for doing exactly that. >> that, of course, comes in direct conflict with what general david petraeus, the director of the cia, told the committee in the senate where he said they knew immediately after the attack, the next day, that it was, in fact, an attack launched by al qaeda. now, speaking to reporters in ireland on one of her last trips as secretary of state, hillary laughed off questions about a potential presidential run in 2016, saying she's just too busy with her current job to think long term. >> i'm right now too f
and the aftermath of the attacks on benghazi and libya that killed the ambassador there and several others. so she's come under fire because of the administration's response. we've seen many veteran senators very critical of her, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham. they will have much more on "the situation room" as this news is just coming out, what this means. let me get to the statement here, the statement from the white house. quote, i spoke to ambassador rice and accepted her decision to remove her name -- this is the president -- remove her name from consideration for secretary of state. it goes on. for two decades susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. as my ambassador to the united nations, she plays a role in american's interest. she has secured international support in sanctions against korea and stood up for sudan and stood for the human rights of all people. it goes on to say that he's very grateful that she will continue to serve as ambassador to the united nations. it's been widely known that she has been the topic.
in benghazi. take a listen. >> susan rice has done a great job as our u.n. ambassador. she has been a stalwart colleague in a lot of the tough decisions that we've had to make. and certainly with respect to defending our national interests and national security at the united nations. >> so clinton is also going to testify on benghazi next week. what are the politics of all of this for secretary clinton? and are there risks for her here? >> i don't think there are necessarily risks for her here as long as she stays out of the whole fray of susan rice and congressional republicans. there's an awful lot going on on that score, but i tnk hillary clinton may be able to keep herself above all that. by the way, we keep expecting the white house for this rice situation to be resolved. we fully expect president clinton to make -- excuse me, president obama to make his announcement about his national security team any day now. >> what do you hear with regards to that, david? are you hearing that susan race is going -- susan rice is going to get the nod or that the waters are shark infested and -- >> com
much. >> real quick, i lost a couple of good buddies and teammates in benghazi and i want to thank fox news for keeping that on the radar. >> brian: you're one of the people that wants us to keep this investigation going? >> absolutely. i know what the guys did. i did that job and those guys, they've earned the total truth. >> brian: i appreciate that and a lot of people are fighting that fight and people are pushing back against it and we got to have you back to talk about what you know about that operation. >> be happy to. >> brian: thanks so much. two minutes before the bottom of the hour. it's the craziest video you will see all day. a guy kidnapped and stuffd into a trunk. he didn't have your book. his rescue caught on camerae then, remember the easy back oven? it's marketed for girls. but should it really be targeting boys? shouldn't boys learn to cook under a light bulb? e-mail us right now. >> today marks the 20th anniversary of the text message. yeah. it's weird to think that 21 years ago i had to call my friends and say, laughing outo. loud. inished a bowl of your new light c
on the benghazi attack will hear from hillary clinton. the house committee announced clinton will testify next thursday. that attack killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. >>> there is encouraging news for jerry brown. his doctors say his prognosis is excellent for prostate cancer. >>> police say five armed men in ski masks robbed a jewelry store near l.a., shot the clerk and led police on a high speed chase. one man was caught after jumping from his car and running into a park filled with police officers handing out gifts to schoolchildren. two others ran through the cal state fullerton campus. campus was on lockdown, but police didn't find them. the other two were caught. >>> some breaking news now out of afghanistan. short time ago, a you suicide bomber detonated a vehicle outside the 2k3w5i9 gates of ka air base. panetta had been there. initial reports are saying that several coalition soldiers were wounded along with as many as ten civilians. want to know live to erin burnett who is in kabul, afghanistan right now. what are you hearing about this? >> reporter: well, i c
in benghazi libya. the u.s. ambassador and three others were killed. the report slammed the state department for what it called systemic failures leading up to the attack. four senior level state department officials took the hit. one resigned, the other three put on administrative leave. how does this whole thing affect her legacy especially if she decides to run for president in 2016? allen lichtman joins us. the board did not blame the secretary but made clear there were problems high up at the state department. pretty damning. what's the impact on secretary clinton? >> pretty damning. to paraphrase harry truman, when you lead an organization like this in government, you're riding the tiger. well, the tiger didn't quite devour her but it took quite a bite out of her. can she recover before 2016? absolutely yes. this is not chap quick dick where the blame for a death seemed to fall squarely on senator kennedy. and really he never could recover from that. here the blame is spread far and wide. the commission did not pinpoint hillary clinton, and of course, the blame also falls on members of
. there's no question that benghazi continues to be litigated. even on the democratic side, there is some division on this. i've talked to democratic senators who have questioned whether she has the standing, the stature, to be secretary of state. so obviously there's some division about how people view susan rice. but here's the bottom line. she's very close to the president of the united states. she is a key voice in his national security team. that's what could ultimately win the day. john kerry has been campaigning hard for it. he's done everything this administration has asked in their first term. overseas, been quite engaged as chairman of the foreign relations committee. so he's certainly a very strong candidate. but at this point, even people close to the president suggest there's just a bit of a question mark about how much of a fight he wants and how much it will come down to getting somebody he believes in and he's close to into that job. >> congressman cleaver, your thoughts on susan rice as a potential nominee. >> well, i think susan rice is imminently qualified and capable o
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